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Let's see your 1st DSOs

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57 minutes ago, Rodd said:

I remember when I finally, after many frustrating long hours, figured out how to take a sub it was of M31 and when the sub appeared on my screen (an auto stretch), I hooped and hollered in my back yard before running into the house to show what I had done.  I knew at that time that the boat had pulled away from the pier, and I was aboard, for good or ill.

Rodd

Yeah, I remember that feeling well.....

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It's worth remembering that ANY image of a DSO is an achievement 🙂

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27 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

It's worth remembering that ANY image of a DSO is an achievement 🙂

Well said

Rodd

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3 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

It's worth remembering that ANY image of a DSO is an achievement 🙂

Very true, not the easiest hobby to get into....

 

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37 minutes ago, MarsG76 said:

Very true, not the easiest hobby to get into....

 

And even harder to get out of!

Rodd

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1 hour ago, Rodd said:

And even harder to get out of!

Rodd

true that...

 

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My very first DSO (I don't count a couple of wide field  images taken with a film camera then digitised to remove sky glow) was taken with a Quickcam Grayscale webcam afocal on a C8.  Everybody's favourite, NGC 457 - the 'Space Invader' cluster August 2000.  Then I made an adapter and went to prime (cassegrain) focus, M15 and M57.  First galaxy was M31 with a 58 mm camera lens, then M51 afocally on an LX90.  First colour photo was M57 prime focus of the LX90 with a modded Vesta Pro webcam in 2001.

How things have moved on!  My latest NGC457 was taken in 2014 with a QSI683 on my 10" RC Truss.   This image appeared in the December 2014 issue of Astronomy Now magazine, and again in the October 2016 issue.

Cheers,

Peter

 

 

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Here are my second attempt at DSO. Taken with Sony A7s, Vixen Polaris, Takumar 200mm at F5.6 185 subs (45 mins integration) 15s ISO 3200. I forgot the dark frames so after stacking there are a few dead pixel that show some  red lines on the final photos :(  

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46 minutes ago, Minhlead said:

Here are my second attempt at DSO. Taken with Sony A7s, Vixen Polaris, Takumar 200mm at F5.6 185 subs (45 mins integration) 15s ISO 3200. I forgot the dark frames so after stacking there are a few dead pixel that show some  red lines on the final photos :(  

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... very busy and dense with stuff.... love it.

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On 25/05/2019 at 22:36, petevasey said:

My very first DSO (I don't count a couple of wide field  images taken with a film camera then digitised to remove sky glow) was taken with a Quickcam Grayscale webcam afocal on a C8.  Everybody's favourite, NGC 457 - the 'Space Invader' cluster August 2000.  Then I made an adapter and went to prime (cassegrain) focus, M15 and M57.  First galaxy was M31 with a 58 mm camera lens, then M51 afocally on an LX90.  First colour photo was M57 prime focus of the LX90 with a modded Vesta Pro webcam in 2001.

How things have moved on!  My latest NGC457 was taken in 2014 with a QSI683 on my 10" RC Truss.

Cheers,

Peter

 

 

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Awesome collection...

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8 minutes ago, MarsG76 said:

... very busy and dense with stuff.... love it.

Thanks!

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Thought it was time to weigh in. I started end of May after getting a SW ED80/HEQ5 Pro as my first rig. M81 and M82 was first light. M31 is my most recent one and was shot during a full moon. None of these looked half as good as they do now though as (aside from M31) they're all on their third round of ground up processing. Sadly it's all I have so far at the moment as the weather has done nothing but work against me right from the start! I typically only get every other weekend to image and that rarely aligns with clear skies. I even took week before last off work and only had one decent night and that's when M31 happened. I hope that I can go out and image again one day before I die. 

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So, my very first (M104) and second (M13) DSO's. Taken earlier this year;

Meade 8" LX200 GPS, Standard forked alt-az mount - autostar GoTo, f6.3 focal reducer

Unmodded Canon 1100D

M104 was 21  X 60s @ ISO1600 (Low in the west so minimal field rotation)

M13 was 30 X 30s @ ISO1600 (relatively low in the east for the same reason)

Full sets of calibration frames applied to both

Stacked in DSS, processed in Photoshop. 

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7 minutes ago, mackiedlm said:

So, my very first (M104) and second (M13) DSO's. Taken earlier this year;

Meade 8" LX200 GPS, Standard forked alt-az mount - autostar GoTo, f6.3 focal reducer

Unmodded Canon 1100D

M104 was 21  X 60s @ ISO1600 (Low in the west so minimal field rotation)

M13 was 30 X 30s @ ISO1600 (relatively low in the east for the same reason)

Full sets of calibration frames applied to both

Stacked in DSS, processed in Photoshop. 

M104 sombrero small.jpg

M13 small.jpg

They remind me of my early attempts at both these lovely dso’s. In fact, I’ve not really gone back to them to improve! M104 spends most of its time behind my wife’s “lovely” trees and m13 doesn’t lend itself to Narrow Band!

Great photos! 

Bryan 

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I'll tell you that these first DSO images [word removed] all over my first DSO images....

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Hi everyone,

Here is my first DSO: IC5146, the Cocoon Nebula, from Barcelona backyard (Bortle 😎 with 85x120s, 25 Flats, 40 Darks and 40 Dark Flats, with a William Optic GT81 + ASI294MC Pro + ASIAIR + Astro Pixel Processor.

I am learning a lot and enjoy it so much! 

Your comments and critics are most welcomed ! 

CS

Philippe

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11 minutes ago, phf said:

Here is my first DSO: IC5146, the Cocoon Nebula, from Barcelona backyard (Bortle 😎 with 85x120s, 25 Flats, 40 Darks and 40 Dark Flats, with a William Optic GT81 + ASI294MC Pro + ASIAIR + Astro Pixel Processor.

That's one heck of a first image.  It looks like it was taken with a focal length of about 1,000 mm---is it a crop?  Maybe really small pixels in eth camera?

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Thanks Rod! Yes it is a crop. Pixels are 4.63micron large.

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I think this was my first ever DSO image.  I used an ST120 and SPC900 to capture this of M13 seven years ago:

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18 hours ago, JamesF said:

I think this was my first ever DSO image.  I used an ST120 and SPC900 to capture this of M13 seven years ago:

I see the propeller!--or one blade at least.  Not bad

Rodd

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August 2013, a Nikon 3100 with 200mm kit lens piggyback on a Vixen R135S sitting on a Vixen GP. 18x10s! There are even 5 dark frames in that folder ;)

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Sven

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On 29/08/2019 at 23:36, JamesF said:

I think this was my first ever DSO image.  I used an ST120 and SPC900 to capture this of M13 seven years ago:

This is my first M13 from June 2014 ;). I guess this was the D3100 through the R135S? I have to check the FOV..

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Sven

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Here’s my M33. Mono only at this stage - to get maximum detail I stack all subs from LRGB. The colour version just didn’t work for now. 
 

Am in the process of taking some darks and bias frames now though seeing as it’s cloudy so will if I can tease some more detail out. Bortle 8 skies don’t help. 
 

12x300” subs - in the words of Jonny no 5; need more data :)

 

 

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Orion Nebula - March 2019.

SW 200p. Pentax K10D.  ISO 800. 55sec Exposure. Tracked only.

 

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Great images on here folks that drives me to try harder. Still on a steep learning curve and just need more practice time as Skies allow!!! 

 

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My very first image of the Orion Nebula! This is the first time I am actually happy about my tracking (we reached -15°C so my laptop died in no time, leaving the skyguider alone), about the data I managed to get (1.5h) and about the post-processing. So exciting!

Taken from Hurdal, a place relatively close to Oslo in Norway.

91x60" ISO1250 - Canon 6D - Zenithstar61

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